The Philippines has 7,107 islands. It is famous for its amazing places that any tourists can visit. With 81 provinces, anyone coming to the country can expect various festivals that can happen every month. If you’re thinking to visit the Philippines, here are the famous festivals that you can expect per month.
As the start of the year, the Philippines has various cultural and religious festivals. One of the famous festivals for this month is the Sinulog Festival. Every 3rd Sunday of the month, Cebu City holds this feast. It honors the Holy Child who is also known as Sto. Niño. One can expect a series of colorful and vibrant dance rituals that commemorate the Cebuano’s pagan origin. Millions of devotees gather to join the fluvial procession and the highly celebrated mass in the Basilica church.
The Panagbenga Festival is the most popular festival that be anticipated for this month. This flower festival is celebrated in the summer capital of the Philippines – Baguio City. It is also the locals’ way of rising the city from the devastation of the Luzon earthquake in 1990. One can expect dozens of parade and street dancing activities that can make the city a lively and busy place.
Pintados de Pasi is considered as the most interesting festivals in the Visayan Region in the Philippines. It is being celebrated every 3rd week of March. This festival has narrates the history when Spaniards first landed on the Visayan Region. They have seen the tribesmen with intricate tattoos on their bodies. With this, they named the Island as “Las Islas de los Pintados” (The Island of the Painted People). As per history, the tattoos symbolize as the status or achievements that the tribesmen who achieve an important part of their community such as being a warrior of their tribes and headhunters. Women, on the other hand, display their tattoos as marks of their beauty and charms. The festival has various tribal dances which showcase the ancient tribes’ tattoos.
The Philippines is also known for sweet and delicious mangoes. Guimaras is a famous city wherein you can find world-class mangoes. In fact, the people in Guimaras held an annual festival called Manggahan Festival every April to promote their own mouth-watering mangoes. The most awaited part of this festival is the “eat-all-you-can” promo that Filipinos and foreign tourists can avail with the price of only $2.
One of the colorful festivals that are very popular in the Philippines is called the Pahiyas Festival. This is being celebrated every 15th of May in Lucban, Quezon wherein the locals are decorating their houses with their city’s different produces. Kiping is a famous local dish that are made from rice dough and cover it by different leaves like banana leaves, Kabal, cocoa, and coffee.
Every 29th of June is another festival to honor the Sto. Niño. It is called Pintados Festival that displays the value of children for the Filipino people. One can also expect shows about the history of native Leyteños from wars, epics, and folklore during the Pre-Spaniard period. The highlight of the festival is the vibrant dances that showcase the resemblance of the native Leyteños who wore tattoos all over their bodies. There can be also colorful dance processions that are simultaneously done in Tacloban city.
In the southern part of the Philippines lies one of the most ethnic festivals that are a showcase for rich culture and heritage. T’nalak Festival is being held every month of July in Koronadal, South Cotabato that promotes and educates people about their traditions and history. The name of the festival comes from the colorful and unique abaca cloth weaved by T’boli women (native women in South Cotabato). Like the other festivals, there are also street dancing and festive activities that display the T’nalak cloth and other produce that they have.
The Kadayawan Festival is an annual festival that is celebrated in Davao City every third week of August. The name of the festival got its name from the friendly greeting “Madayaw”, from the local word “dayaw” which means good, valuable, and beautiful. The festival celebrates its life and thanksgiving for the wealth of culture, prosperous harvest, and serenity in living.
Filipinos have strong devotion in the Catholic religion. Every third Saturday of September in Naga City, Bicol, Peñafrancia Festval is being celebrated to honor and give thanks to Virgin Mary (mother of Jesus). The festivities have church services, street parades, and fluvial processions wherein the image of the Virgin Mary is carried out in a barge which is followed by thousands of devotees. As the image of the Virgin Mary passes by the river banks, people are shouting “Viva la Virgen” to show their devotion.
Being celebrated all month, Masskara Festival can be considered as the longest festival in the country. The festival is dedicated to commencing the Negrense people (native) that still stayed positive despite the midst of the crisis that happened during in Negros in 1980. Masskara comes from two words Mass and Kara which means a multitude of faces. The festival has a happy and colorful vibe as the dancers wear different and unique masks during the dance competition. Bacolod City is a peaceful and fun city with kind and hospitable locals that would welcome the tourists in their city. With this, Bacolod City has been known as the City of Smiles.
Higantes Festival is a celebration of the locals’ unique and strong character. This is held in Angono, Rizal every 23rd of November. Coincidentally, it is also the same date wherein the Feast of St. Clement is being commenced. The festival has been known for promoting local tourism and the superb artistic talents of the locals. If you happen to drop on this festival, expect vivacious crowds and a vibe of sense of belonging from the locals.
The Philippines has been famous for having the longest celebration of Christmas. As soon as September strikes, Filipinos are starting to prepare for their Christmas decorations. Every Saturday before Christmas Eve, the Giant Lantern Festival is being held in San Fernando City, Pampanga to displays different colourful giant lanterns that are locally made. With this, the city has been named as the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines”.